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The PLOT ontology

Metadata

IRI
http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/
Creator(s)
Simon J.D.Cox ( [email protected] ) of CSIRO
Created
2019-03-25
Modified
2019-06-19
Imports
ssn:ext
http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/
License
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
Ontology Source
RDF (turtle)
Code Repository
https://bitbucket.org/terndatateam/ternplotdata-ontology

Description

This vocabulary provides a set of classes to support capture of plot- and site-based ecological survey data. It is primary related to vegetation surveys, following the methdologies outlined in the Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook.

PLOT is technically an extension to the W3C SSN/SOSA vocabulary, and also uses elements from the SSN-EXT ontology.

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Classes
  3. Object Properties
  4. Datatype Properties
  5. Namespaces

Overview

This section contains diagrams overviewing the SOSA/SSN vocabulary's Observation, Sample & Feature of Interest classes used in PLOT.

Observation class overview diagram.
Figure 1: Observation class overview
Feature of Interest class overview diagram.
Figure 2: Feature of Interest class overview

Classes &uparrow

Location c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/Location
Description Location together with information about how it was obtained
Super-classes dcterms:Location c
Restrictions plot:mapScale op max 1
geosparql:hasGeometry min 1
geosparql:hasGeometry some w3cgeo:Point c
plot:locationMethod op min 0
plot:mapsheetNumber dp max 1
plot:mapsheetName dp max 1
In domain of plot-x:isLocationOf op
Location class overview diagram.
Figure 3: Location class overview

Organism Occurrence c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/OrganismOccurence
Description Organism occurrence at some specified time and place. 1. sub-class of Sample because observations of an organism occurrence are primarily interesting if they represents a commuity or assemblage 2. sub-class of SpatialObject because it is bound to a specified location 3. sub-class of TemporalEntity because it is bound to a specified time
Super-classes geosparql:SpatialObject c
sosa:Sample c
time:TemporalEntity c
Restrictions geosparql:defaultGeometry only w3cgeo:Point c
sosa:isSampleOf some plot-x:EcologicalCommunity c
plot:taxon op min 1
geosparql:defaultGeometry exactly 1
Organism occurrence class overview diagram.
Figure 4: Organism Occurrence class overview

Site or location c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/Site
Description ownership is associated with the parent survey
Super-classes geosparql:SpatialObject c
sosa:Sample c
Restrictions dcterms:isPartOf only plot:Site c
plot:siteDescription op min 1
sosa:isResultOf only plot:SiteVisit c
prov:wasGeneratedBy only prov:Activity c
dcterms:created exactly 1
dcterms:relation some plot:Site c
sosa:isSampleOf some ( plot-x:EnvironmentalSystem c or plot-x:EnvironmentalZone c )
plot:hasLocation op only plot:Location c
dcterms:hasPart only plot:Site c
In domain of plot-x:floristics op
plot:siteDescription op
plot-x:sampleLevel op
plot-x:sampleType op
Site class overview diagram.
Figure 5: Site class overview

Vegetation stratum c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/SiteStratum
Description Structural element covering a recognisable height range in vegetation ecosystem occurring at an observation site
Super-classes sosa:Sample c
Restrictions sosa:isSampleOf only plot:Site c
sosa:isFeatureOfInterestOf min 1
plot:stratum op exactly 1

Single taxon community c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/SiteStratumTaxon
Description Community of a single taxon in an identified stratum in a vegetation ecosystem occurring at an observation site
Super-classes sosa:Sample c
Restrictions sosa:isSampleOf some plot:SiteTaxon c
plot:taxon op exactly 1
sosa:isFeatureOfInterestOf min 1
sosa:isSampleOf some plot:SiteStratum c
plot:stratum op exactly 1
sosa:isSampleOf min 1 plot:Site c

Single taxon community c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/SiteTaxon
Description Data corresponding to an individual of this class would usually be derived from observations relating to the set of SiteStratumTaxon at the same site on the same taxon
Super-classes sosa:Sample c
Restrictions sosa:isSampleOf only plot:Site c
plot:taxon op exactly 1
sosa:isFeatureOfInterestOf min 1

Visit to a site c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/SiteVisit
Description A discrete time-bounded visit to a site, during which sampling or observation activities are undertaken
Super-classes prov:Activity c
Restrictions sosa:hasFeatureOfInterest only plot:Site c
plot:wasSubActivityOf op some plot-x:Survey c
plot:hadSubActivity op some ( sosa:Sampling c or sosa:Observation c or ssn-ext:ObservationCollection c )

Vegetation strata classification c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/Stratum
Description Structural element covering a recognisable height range in vegetation ecosystem
Super-classes skos:Concept c

Organism assemblage c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/Assemblage
Super-classes plot-x:EcologicalCommunity c

Ecological Community c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/EcologicalCommunity
Super-classes plot-x:EnvironmentalSystem c
Sub-classes plot-x:Assemblage c

Environmental continuant c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/EnvironmentalContinuant
Description Union of environmental system, environmental zone, and ecological community?
Super-classes sosa:FeatureOfInterest c
Sub-classes plot-x:EnvironmentalSystem c
plot-x:EnvironmentalZone c

Environmental region defined primarily by its function and membership c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/EnvironmentalSystem
Super-classes plot-x:EnvironmentalContinuant c
owl:Thing c
Sub-classes plot-x:EcologicalCommunity c

Environmental region defined primarily by its location and extent c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/EnvironmentalZone
Super-classes owl:Thing c
plot-x:EnvironmentalContinuant c

Flux tower c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/FluxTower
Super-classes sosa:Platform c
Restrictions http://www.w3.org/ns/locn#location min 1
sosa:hosts min 1 sosa:Sensor c

Survey c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/Survey
Description Survey is composed of a set of Observations and ObservationCollections, which may have a site as its feature-of-interest In this context the value of feature-of-interest is expected to be the value of the chain (ssn-ext:hasMember)+/sosa:hasFeatureOfInterest
Super-classes prov:Activity c
Restrictions prov:wasAssociatedWith some prov:Organization c
http://www.w3.org/ns/locn#location only skos:Concept c
dcterms:title exactly 1
http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/creator min 1
sosa:hasFeatureOfInterest min 1 plot:Site c
dcterms:license exactly 1 http://www.w3.org/ns/odrl/2/Policy c
dcterms:accessRights exactly 1 http://www.w3.org/ns/odrl/2/Permission c
Survey overview diagram.
Figure 6: Properties of prov:Activity and SOSA specialisations of it that a Survey may use being, itself, a specialisation of prov:Activity

Taxon assignment observation c

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/TaxonAssignment
Super-classes sosa:Observation c
Restrictions sosa:observedProperty value http://www.tern.org.au/cv/op/Taxon-identity c

Object Properties &uparrow

pointer to child activity op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/hadSubActivity
Description To allow links between observations or site-visits and projects, programs and initiatives, between observations and site-visits, etc
Domain(s) prov:Activity c
Range(s) prov:Activity c

has location op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/hasLocation

Location method op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/locationMethod

Map scale op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/mapScale

siteDescription op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/siteDescription
Super-properties sosa:isFeatureOfInterestOf
Domain(s) plot:Site c
Range(s) ssn-ext:ObservationCollection c

stratum classification op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/stratum
Super-properties dcterms:type
Range(s) skos:Concept c

taxon classification op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/taxon
Super-properties dcterms:type
Range(s) skos:Concept c

pointer to parent activity op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/wasSubActivityOf
Super-properties prov:wasInformedBy

Site floristics classification op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/floristics
Super-properties dcterms:type
Domain(s) plot:Site c
Range(s) skos:Concept c

Quality of individual or related observation results op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/hasResultQuality
Description this property allows an indication of the quality of the data to be provided at the level of either an individual observation or a thematic group. This is commonly done by some kind of description of the method, protocol, sensor, observer, etc.
Domain(s) ( sosa:Observation c or ssn-ext:ObservationCollection c )

describes the location of op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/isLocationOf
Description Links an individual location description to the resource (e.g. a plot:Site) that it relates to
Domain(s) plot:Location c

Observer op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/observer
Super-properties sosa:madeBySensor prov:wasAssociatedWith

sample level classification op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/sampleLevel
Super-properties dcterms:type
Domain(s) plot:Site c
Range(s) skos:Concept c

sample type classification op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/sampleType
Description The site's plot shape description, e.g. square, circle, etc.
Super-properties dcterms:type
Domain(s) plot:Site c
Range(s) skos:Concept c

Sampler op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/sampler
Super-properties sosa:madeBySampler prov:wasAssociatedWith

Site visitor op

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/visitor
Super-properties prov:wasAssociatedWith

is member of op

IRI http://www.w3.org/ns/ssn/ext/isMemberOf
Description indicates a collection of which the context resource is a member
Super-properties plot:wasSubActivityOf op
Domain(s) ( sosa:Observation c or ssn-ext:ObservationCollection c )
Range(s) ssn-ext:ObservationCollection c

Datatype Properties &uparrow

Mapsheet dp

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/mapsheetName
Range(s) xsd:string c

Mapsheet dp

IRI http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/mapsheetNumber
Range(s) xsd:string c

Namespaces &uparrow

dcterms
http://purl.org/dc/terms/
doap
http://usefulinc.com/ns/doap#
geosparql
http://www.opengis.net/ont/geosparql#
owl
http://www.w3.org/2002/07/owl#
plot
http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/
plot-x
http://linked.data.gov.au/def/plot/x/
prov
http://www.w3.org/ns/prov#
rdf
http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#
rdfs
http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#
sdo
http://schema.org/
skos
http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core#
sosa
http://www.w3.org/ns/sosa/
ssn
http://www.w3.org/ns/ssn/
ssn-ext
http://www.w3.org/ns/ssn/ext/
time
http://www.w3.org/2006/time#
w3cgeo
http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#
xml
http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace
xsd
http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#

Legend

c Classes
op Object Properties
fp Functional Properties
dp Data Properties
dp Annotation Properties
p Properties
ni Named Individuals